Nothofagus obliqua

22 May

Nothofagus obliqua (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Nothofagus obliqua (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 40m

Eventual Spread: 20m

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b 10a

Family: Northofagaceae

Nothofagus obliqua Leaf (05/05/2012, Kew, London)

Nothofagus obliqua Leaf (05/05/2012, Kew, London)

Nothofagus obliqua is a large, fast growing, upright deciduous tree. Its dark green leaves are alternate, ovate to oblong with a serrate margin, unequally sided, up to 8cm and 4cm wide and are glaucous beneath. Its leaves become yellow/ red before they fall in autumn. Its smaller branches form a regular herring bone pattern. Its trunk may achieve a diameter of 2m. Its brown/ red bark becomes grey with age and split into plates by vertical and horizontal fissures. Its monoecious flowers are inconspicuous and give rise to 30 or 40 stamens. Its bright green fruit appear at the base of each leaf and are up to 8mm long.

Nothofagus obliqua, commonly known as Roble, Roble beech, Coyan and Hualle, is native to Chile and Argentina. The tree was introduced to the British Isles in 1849.

Nothofagus obliqua Leaf (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Nothofagus obliqua Leaf (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

The etymological root of the binomial name Nothofagus is derived from the Greek nothos ‘counterfeit’ and fagus ‘beech’. The name obliqua means ‘slanting’ or ‘oblique’, referring to the irregular shape of the leaves.

The landscape architect may find Nothofagus obliqua useful as a large deciduous specimen tree.

Nothofagus obliqua Bark (05/05/2012, Kew, London)

Nothofagus obliqua Bark (05/05/2012, Kew, London)

Ecologically,  Nothofagus obliqua has little wildlife value in the UK.

Nothofagus obliqua prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils, it dislike dry soils. It prefers acid to neutral pH of soil.

Nothofagus obliqua requires little maintenance.

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2 Responses to “Nothofagus obliqua”

  1. karen 29/11/2013 at 22:24 #

    Im trying to source this plant in New Zealand. Any ideas who might supply seed or preferably nursery stock?? (not Appletons at this time)

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